REF DESTROYS GAME – BUT ARSENAL STILL IN DRIVING SEAT FOR TOP 4

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There’s no other way to analyse the occasion.

Arsenal were the better side for the opening stages of the game.

The referee then gave one of the most ridiculous penalties of the season, refused to check to see if he’s made a mistake.

The referee then goes super bold and sends off Rob Holding after 26 minutes in a ‘I WANT TO DO THIS’ decision of pettiness.

I don’t really have time for the crowd that wants to pretend we weren’t totally fucked over by an overzealous attention-seeking referee.

I don’t have time for those that say we don’t have the dark arts nailed down. Does McTominay do his dirties in a subtle way? Does Harry Kane go in for legbreakers with disguise?  Everyone in the world knows what Mane does every single game, the refs know, but he never pays a price… is it cuteness that gets him off, or his big fat reputation? Why do Arsenal get a red every 75 fouls compared to Burnley’s 973 fouls… is it because Burnley players are just really clever or that refs have a different standard of reffing when it comes to Arsenal who have taken 6% of the red cards in Premier League history. It’s that Arsenal is held to a different standard that doesn’t even itself out over a season.

Arsenal, with a depleted team, wouldn’t have lost that game with 11 players on the pitch yesterday and that is my hot take.

The recriminations in the media are really amusing.

No one wants this young team to make the Top 4 this year.

Gary Neville wants to see Arteta fail because the Spaniard is everything he thought he’d be but wasn’t. The youngest coach in the league shines a light on his biggest career failure.

Arteta did things properly, studied 5 languages, took his coaching badges, studied all over the world, then made his first job a learning experience under the greatest coach on the planet.

Gary pulled in a favor from a clueless billionaire, took a job with a Spanish team, was too ignorant and arrogant to think he needed to master the local dialect, and tanked after 7 games.

There is still a class of pundits and journalists that believe being a snappy pundit or legendary player counts as the leading qualification for being an elite coach in 2022. They are wrong. You need to do the hard work as well as having a knack for communication, a deep understanding of tactics and systems, as well as being able to quickly master the art of media in a CEO-like way.

These naysayers want Conte to win the top 4 race because it reaffirms that failure wasn’t so bad, it keeps the global order in tact, it means their boring views that Conte is always the answer were right.

The ‘Arsenal were green’ story is factually correct. We have a young squad that lacks experience. But we didn’t get fucked by the ref because we didn’t play the game right, we were fucked because the ref didn’t like us and he wanted to be the man. Our inexperience still has us in 5th with two games to go. Our inexperience just saw us beat Chelsea, United, and West Ham. Yesterday wasn’t inexperience, it was a corruption of the beautiful game by officials that are militantly bad at their jobs.

… but for me, if you are going to go to the bowl and lose, that’s the way to do it. Getting cheated. Having the media call you dim. No one giving you the defence you deserve bar your manager.

Now the job is clear, two really fucking boring wins.

No drama.

Make that Spurs result look really pointless.

Newcastle is 14th in the league, they’ve had a pop of form this year, but conceded 10 against Spurs/City. They are safe, they are not that good, we have too much quality for them even if we only have 1 fit defender.

Everton are 16th, they are safe, that squad doesn’t give a shit. We need to avenge what happened earlier in the season.

If we play like we did yesterday, we will win both of those games, and we need to.

Spurs play Burnley on Sunday, that’s no guarantee, especially considering how poor Anotonio Conte is when he has more than 1 game in a week. I’d have more faith on a spirited Burnley performance than I would Everton or Newcastle. Spurs were beaten by them after they hammered City away. So let’s see what happens there.

The chips feel like they are down, but look at the table, we have more points, we are great against middling teams, and the only reason we lost yesterday was because Spurs once again lucked out with a penalty which was their first shot, then a gift of a red card.

I hate Spurs. The refs can do one. We are The Arsenal. Let’s move.

313 Responses to “REF DESTROYS GAME – BUT ARSENAL STILL IN DRIVING SEAT FOR TOP 4”

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  1. Dissenters

    Liverpool not looking so quadruple right now

    When all is as and done, the may end up with only the league cup this season
    I would love to see Jamie Carragher’s face when that happens

  2. DivineSherlock

    Probably one of the really boring Finals I have ever seen , topped only by Spurs and Liverpool CL final. There is just no intensity

  3. Dissenter

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    Your starting too hard to be impervious of reason

    There was no incident because Holding got up like a monk used to being elbowed in the face and went on with it.
    Had he stayed down holding his face, the game would have been stoped for head injury
    …. giving VAR a chance to review it.
    The player has to put the referee on the spot

    Had Holden accidentally talked Son in the face, do you think Son would have just gotten up ina high pressure game?
    No, he would have rolled on the ground until broadcasters all over the world are reviewing the replays of “what happened”

  4. WengerEagle

    Haha Sal two late goals have just fucked us of about £20m out of Mavropanos’ fee.

    Stuttgart last second winner and Dortmund late winner on Hertha.

  5. TheLegendaryDB10

    Divine

    Probably one of the really boring Finals I have ever seen

    I agree with you. I am bored to tears here.

    But, my only relish here is to see both teams going t8 pens, and getting exhausted over it. (In particular Cheski. If they could lose their next 2 games, this could help us.

  6. Markymark

    The legendary- West Ham v Fulham was poor
    This was ok.

    Corrupt fat boy Tierney would have given 3 penalties today in order of bung pay off obviously

  7. Wicked Willy

    I’m finding it so fascinating observing the optmists versus the pessimists. What seems inarguable is that everyone is using information to further the narrative they have already bought into. I’m going to see if we can look at both sides and of the argument in as neutral a way as possible and see what conclusions we can draw.

    Observations:

    *The Premier League is very competitive. Two of the three best teams in this years’ CL were from the EPL. Chelsea also pushed Madrid hard. West Ham would likely be in the final of Europa League had it not been for remorseless injuries at CB. Leicester have also done well in the impoverished modern day incarnation of the Uefa Cup.

    *70 points usually gets 4th. We are likely to achieve 70 points and hopefully 72. This year’s qualification suggests we are in a pretty competitive fight for 4th compared with most years. If Spurs get 5th with 71 points, they’ll have been very unlucky.

    *Arsenal have the second most successful young team in EPL history, beaten only by the Spurs team of 5 years ago. Contractually we are better placed to hold onto our squad than they were, and we don’t have a new stadium transition to manage like they did, so we have more of a chance of seeing the young squad fulfilling its potential than theirs did. This is something to be truly excited about, especially as there are currently 3 Hale Enders in the team!

    *If Arsenal finish the season with 23 wins, by historical standards, it would be a very punchy total.

    *The refereering against Arsenal this season has been abysmal, and we have definitely been disadvantaged by it.

    *Arsenal didn’t have any European games this season, which should have been an advantage, albeit, it did mean less practice for the non regular starters.

    *Goal difference is unambiguously poor. It doesn’t leave much margin for error. I feel people have a right to be concerned about this.

    *Our selling has been rubbish by and large. We got good money for Oxlade, Iwobi and Willock, but beyond that, it needs improvement.

    *We are going to have to build on the quality of the squad next year in order to handle the increased commitments.

    *The atmosphere at The Emirates is the best its been for at least a decade, possibly the best we’ve since since 2007/08.

    *Some managers take time for their ideas to become fully integrated – Ferguson, Bobby Robson, Howard Kendall, Jurgen Klopp, and some managers were able to catalyse very quick transformation – Wenger, Mourinho 2003-2011, Conte and Tuchel’s Chelsea.

    *This is evidently a multi-year transition. We are obviously following the tenets of Juego de Posicion. That we means we concentrate on building up from the back, and the attack gets fixed last. Hopefully this summer.

    All of the above are inarguables.

    Now lets get more into subjective territory, and here I will need to express some subjective opinion.

    *The club was in it’s worst place from a playing perspective since 1995, and arguably, since 1986. The culture at the club was abysmal. The dressing room was divided. The players couldn’t give a shit. Too much ego. Too much attitude. Too much money. Too little quality. The atmosphere amongst fans was also super toxic, and between fans and team. At a management level, it was totally disjointed. That is not something that gets fixed easily, and needs root and branch overhaul. Man Utd are there right now, albeit with a lot more quality.

    *Arteta mishandled Ozil situation. That said, I just don’t think Ozil is suited to the modern pressing game. A more experienced manager would have eased him out the door if he didn’t fit with his plans. Ozil has also fallen out of favour with numerous coaches, so his dressing room infleuence is certainly questionable.

    *Arteta f*cked up with Willian.

    *Arteta was overly rigid in his early days and it cost him and the club. I have see a more flexible and adaptive.

    *Something really went wrong with Saliba, although I’m not sure how culpable Arteta is for that. Come what may, we’d all love to see a turnaround. If he won’t extend, we probably need to sell and we need to get someone in who has the same level and ceiling as he does in order to avoid future recrimination.

    *Arteta has gotten rid of a lot of the dross. He has gotten rid of the ego. Everyone is seemingly pulling in the same direction.

    *Guendouzi has caused problems everywhere he’s gone, except at Marseille where he has found his spiritual dad. He’s got the potential to be a world beater, but his corrosive presence is not conducive to the type of cultural revolution we have implemented.

    *The team has generally been much more functional, especially since Auba was exiled. Sometimes its better for both parties to part ways.

    *4th this season would be exceptional, and if we can consolidate that next year, with some excellent transfer business this summer, and do well in the cups, then we have a fair chance of a very bright future.

    *5th would be better than most hoped for at the start of the season. It will make it harder to recruit the quality we need to truly step up, and CL qualification is absolutely imperative next year to justify the project.

    Conclusion:

    Whilst I acknowledge the failings, I feel very positive about where this project can go. Thus far this season, the project is on track. However it needs continued affirmation next season for me to stay on board with it.

    I love Pedro’s optimism, and at times I think it’s much needed. I also think he makes a lot of salient points. I do however hope that this remains a board where people feel they can openly express themselves without being shouted down. That said, there do appear to be people who relish us when we err. It’s almost as if their lizard brain gets more stimulation from being right, than from seeing Arsenal succeed. If that can be called out in the right way, I think that’s fair.

    I’ve certainly observed that earlier in the season, anti-Arteta folks were pointing to the league table because ‘the table doesn’t lie’. Then it was xG, until xG came good. Now it is goal difference. These are not invalid observations per se, but I also feel there is an emotional agenda to it sometimes which feels like its being used to fit the narrative.

    In the end, none of us know if the project will come good or not. But this is our team, so lets get behind them for these last two games. Lets celebrate being back in Europe in whatever guise that is, and lets value the diversity of opinion amongst ourselves. Lets also try and be the best we can be when communicating with one another, rather than lazily and emotionally slagging each other. We don’t have to take offence at one another just because we have divergent perspectives.

    As for Arteta, he has one more year at least, so lets get behind him until there is unambiguous evidence that we are going in reverse. Right now, we’re jumping 3 or 4 places up the table, and we are doing so with the youngest team in the league. That is unambiguously progress, and it will be with a points total and a win ratio which is historically commensurate with our position.

    COYG!!!!

  8. Greg

    At this point, fuck Spurs in the ear. Arteta should lean in on the collective spite: Spurs players getting every decision from weak fanboy refs, their fans who have a superiority complex despite never winning anything, and what a sanctimonious prick Conte is. The message: How good will it feel to send those filthy fucks into the offseason with no Champions League? How bad will it feel to play on Thurs night in far off outposts. and watch Spurs play in Barcelona or Munich?